Financial risk management

The information below is from the Annual Report 2017

Foreign exchange risk 

Foreign exchange exposures are monitored at the Business level and then netted and hedged at Group level. All material fixed sales and purchase contracts are hedged. The estimated future commercial exposures are evaluated by the Businesses, and the level of hedging is decided by the Board of Management. Hedge accounting in accordance with IFRS is applied to most of the hedges of these exposures. The hedges cover such time periods that both the prices and costs can be adjusted to new exchange rates. These periods vary among Group companies from one month to two years. The Group also hedges its position of the statement of financial position, which includes receivables and payables denominated in foreign currencies. The Group does not expect significant losses from foreign exchange rate changes in 2017. The cancellation of orders could lead to ineffective currency hedge. Approximately 69% (67) of sales and 63% (59) of operating costs in 2017 were denominated in euros, and approximately 18% (20) of sales and 7% (8) of operating costs were denominated in US dollars. The remainder were split between several currencies. The Group’s profits and competitiveness are also indirectly affected by the home currencies of its main competitors: USD, GBP, JPY and KRW.

Usually fixed sales and purchase contracts are hedged by using foreign exchange forwards to offset currency rate related changes to the value of the underlying cash flows. As the aim is to hedge and apply hedge accounting (cash flow hedging) only to the foreign exchange risk all interest rate/hedge timing related gains/losses are booked directly into the financial items. As the underlying cash flows can have long maturities, the related hedges can be done with shorter maturities and they can be rolled over when needed, so that at the maturity the total currency rate related gains/losses from these hedges are expected to fully offset the related gains/losses from the underlying cash flows. A cancellation or reduction of sales/purchase value of an order can cause the related hedge to be (partially) ineffective. Any ineffectiveness will be immediately recognised and booked into the financial items.

As hedges are typically done on short maturities (up to 1 year) and only high credit quality (A- minimum rating requirement) counterparties are utilised, counterparty credit risk is expected to have minimal effect on hedge valuations. Due to some underlying hedged cash flows having longer maturities than related hedges the change in present value of the hedge and underlying cash flow does not always fully offset each other during the lifetime of a hedge. This ineffectiveness is calculated on quarterly basis and will be booked on Group level in financial items.

The instruments, and their nominal values, used to hedge the Group’s foreign exchange exposures are listed in Note 26. Derivative financial instruments.

Some Group companies in countries whose currencies are not fully convertible like Brazil have unhedged, intercompany loans nominated either in EUR or USD. Total amount of the loans is EUR 132 million (109).
Since Wärtsilä has subsidiaries and joint ventures outside the euro zone, the Group’s equity, goodwill and purchase price allocations are sensitive to exchange rate fluctuations. At the end of 2017, the net assets of Wärtsilä’s foreign subsidiaries and joint ventures outside the euro zone totalled EUR 1,011 million (1,071). In addition, goodwill and purchase price allocations from acquisitions nominated in foreign currencies amounted to EUR 825 million (613). In 2017, the translation differences recognised in OCI mainly come from changes in GBP exchange rate.

In 2017, EUR 1 million (-16) fair value adjustments related to cash flow hedges were recognised in equity. EUR -36 million (-58) of the fair value adjustments were transferred from equity to the statement of income as net sales or operating expenses during 2017. In 2017, the result from ineffective portion of the cash flow hedges was EUR -15 million (-8), which was booked in financial items and specified in Note 10. Financial income and expenses.

Interest rate risk 

Wärtsilä is exposed to interest rate risk primarily through market value changes to the net debt portfolio (price risk) and also through changes in interest rates (re-fixing on rollovers). Wärtsilä hedges interest rate exposure by using derivative instruments such as interest rate swaps, futures and options. Changes in the market value of these derivatives are recognised directly in the statement of income. Interest rate risk is managed by constantly monitoring the market value of the financial instruments and by using sensitivity analysis.

Interest-bearing loan capital at the end of 2017 totalled EUR 619 million (629). The average interest rate was 1.3% (1.3) and the average re-fixing time 23 months (25). At the end of 2017, a one percentage point parallel decrease/increase of the yield curve would have resulted in a EUR 13 million (15) increase/decrease in the value of the net debt portfolio, including derivatives.

Liquidity and refinancing risk

Wärtsilä ensures sufficient liquidity at all times by efficient cash management and by maintaining sufficient committed and uncommitted credit lines available. Refinancing risk is managed by having a balanced and sufficiently long loan portfolio.

The existing funding programmes include:
• Committed Revolving Credit Facilities totalling EUR 640 million (640).
• Finnish Commercial Paper programmes totalling EUR 800 million (800).

The average maturity of the non-current debt is 44 months (43) and the average maturity of the confirmed credit lines is 28 months (33). Additional information in Note 24. Financial liabilities.

At the year end, the Group had cash and cash equivalents totalling EUR 379 million (472) as well as EUR 640 million (640) non-utilised committed credit facilities. In addition a signed EUR 125 million long term loan was available for disbursement as of 31 December 2017. Commercial Paper Programmes were not utilised on 31 December 2017 nor on 31 December 2016.

Committed Revolving Credit Facilities as well as the Parent Company's long term loans include a financial covenant (solvency ratio). Solvency ratio is expected to remain clearly over the covenant level for the foreseeable future.

Credit risk

The responsibility for managing the credit risks associated with ordinary commercial activities lies with the Businesses and the Group companies. Major trade and project finance credit risks are minimised by transferring risks to banks, insurance companies and export credit organisations.

The credit risks related to the placement of liquid funds and to trading in financial instruments are minimised by setting explicit limits for the counterparties and by making agreements only with the most reputable domestic and international banks and financial institutions.

The Group companies deposit the maximum amount of their liquid financial assets with the centralised treasury when local laws and central bank regulations allow it. The Group’s funds are placed in instruments with sufficient liquidity (current bank deposits or Finnish Commercial Papers) and rating (at least single-A rated instruments or other instruments approved by the Group’s CFO). These placements are constantly monitored by the Group Treasury, and Wärtsilä does not expect any future defaults from the placements.
The expected credit losses assiociated with investments carried at amortised cost are assessed on a forward looking basis based on investment maturity dates and counterparty credit risk on quraterly basis. As of 31 December 2017 the expected credit loss was not material.

Equity price risk  

Wärtsilä has equity investments totalling EUR 10 million (12) in power plant companies, most of which are located in developing countries and performing well according to expectations. Additional information in Note 16. Financial assets and liabilities by measurement category.

Capital risk management 

Wärtsilä’s policy is to secure a strong capital base to keep the confidence of investors and creditors and for the future development of the business. The capital is defined as total equity including non-controlling interests and net interest-bearing debt. The target for Wärtsilä is to maintain gearing below 0.50 and to pay a dividend of at least 50% of earnings over the cycle

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